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Professor of Art from Northern Virginia Community College Lectures at Cajal Institute
Date:3/13/2013

McLean, VA (PRWEB) March 13, 2013

On March 5, Rebecca Kamen delivered a lecture demonstrating how Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a man known as the father of modern neuroscience, bridged the disciplines of art and science. The lecture at the Efe Ramón y Cajal Institute of CSIC in Madrid, Spain honored Cajal’s life work and captured the imagination of the 100+ neuroscientists who work at Spain’s oldest neurobiology research center. At the conclusion of Kamen’s lecture, Maria de Ceballos, a leading researcher in Alzheimer’s disease, told Kamen, “Thank you. Now we will see things differently.”

Kamen began researching the link between art and science two years ago. Her hypothesis: One can use art education to teach people to improve interpretation of research, and therefore enhance scientific discovery. Kamen has tested her hypothesis through relationships with George Mason University’s Aspiring Scientist Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) and the National Institutes of Health.

Kamen has been able to demonstrate that scientists and artists follow the same discovery process. They begin with intuition, observe the world around them, and then somehow depict the invisible world as they record their findings. Findings confirmed that the relationships among art, science, and discovery can be taught. The biggest challenge today’s scientists, face, however, is showing dynamic data sets in multiple dimensions. That’s where art education plays a role.

“Seeing the evolution of Cajal’s artwork first-hand further validated my hypothesis that one can use art educatio
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